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here is some of the new ways they are preventing and treating cancer in women. as the planet manages environment threats is it too late to save it? maybe not. we'll tell you simple things you can do to make it work. >> the town's 33rd annual film festival. i'm susan sikora and that is on "bay area focus" next.
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welcome to the show. i'm susan sikora. dr. mindy goldman is a gynecologist and clinical professor and director of the women's cancer care program. she is back today with an update on women's health issues. welcome back. emotion to be here. >> first of all any breaking great news or good news at least on women's health? >> there is so much good news
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on women's health. my big focus is on breast cancer and survivor issues. breast cancer rates are starting to decrease. >> do we know why? >> there are lots of questions as to why. it may be due to decreases in hormone replacement therapy. fewer women are using hormones. that probably has some of it to do with it. i think there is lots of factors we may not know, but fewer women are getting breast cancer. more women are living wilt breast cancer and there is a big push to have people survivorship be better so a focus on quality of life. >> we have some nas nateing trials going on at ucsf that are focusing in on end vend liesing therapy so rather than treating all cancers the same, they are taking out the cancer
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cells and putting them in a lab and looking at how the tumors respond to certain drugs and then taking that information and putting them into clinical trials. much more individuallized therapy not all cancer is the same. we're putting on cold caps for hair loss. it affects the quality of life for breast cancer. there are exciting data that say it may decrease hair loss with chemotherapy. >> a lot goes back to prevention in the first place. >> sure. >> there are things you can and cannot do. how much of this is genetic? >> 90% just happen. 10% are something that runs in the family and only about 3 to 5% are hereditary and due to known mytations that we can actually test so there are
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certain genes, the br ca genes that are commonly known about. they are more commonly known about in ash ca nazi jewish people from eastern europe. they make up a small percent of breast cancers but they are important to learn about. if someone has a family history that sounds like it could be a hereditary cancer, we want them to see genetic counselors so they can prevent getting breast cancer and ovarian cancer. >> more than one expert has sat here and said women there have a higher rate and it's always stuns me. it is the highest rate in the world, country? it is not california only. it is always more dramatic. >> from what i read they are higher than anyplace in the
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world. >> in the world. do we know why yet? >> there is a large study that is ongoing to try and help figure out all the causes. they are looking at everything from possible toxins which hasn't really panned out yet. there is a couple of areas i think may be related. one is alcohol use and the thought is proximity to napa valley. more women drink alcohol in mer rin. if you have breast cancer, alcohol is not a good thing. there is clearly data that says those with hormone positive, then it would not be good. >> in mer rin, people drink more wine. >> we like wine, yeah. >> that is one of the factors. the other big thing is hormone replacement therapy. when the health initiative was published in 2002, there is
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better data that says combination estrogen plus pro just stin can increase the risk of breast cancer. you take estrogen alone if you're having symptoms and you had a his wreck tony but you need to take estrogen and pro just rone because it protects the uterus. >> a quick one. a lot of women out there maybe even a year ago were not in this situation, do not have health insurance. they lost a job, a husband lost a job. what ever. what if a woman finds a lump and she is uninsured? >> sure. people in san francisco, they can go to san francisco general. it is all the same faculty and they can get full treatment. if someone does find something, go to the nearest clinic that serves the underserved. there are plenty of places.
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go to san francisco general. the fund. we established this ten years ago now in memory of my best friend who died of breast cancer at a very young age. while she was going through treatment, she found if she did compliment terry care like massage, accupuncture, herbs. we improve quality of life. >> complimentary is the better word. you don't always find that so that makes this organization a little more didn't than others. >> yes. >> okay. you have a fund raiser coming up? >> we are always having fund raisers coming up. there isn't one this fall but www.u with lonnie fund shows ways people can always donate. >> they will always take a check no matter how small.
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>> yes. >> we thank you dr. mindy goldman for being here. we wanted to remind you that today the race for the cure is on and it starts an hour from now. it is a 5k run/walk. you can walk if you can't run but try and show up. it is a good thing to do. stay with us. more ahead. thank you.
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the human race. while paid off politicians did there, so the oil and energy industry can protect their profits and a come play sant confused public lets them. the actions we must take to reverse the crisis languish on someone's desk. those are the words of the executive director of the sustainable world coalition and he was a delicate to the u.s. world summit in south africa and he is the person that put this together. a book, a collection of simple things you can do now. welcome. >> thank you. >> you talk about sustainable. what is planet sustainability? >> sustainability simply means systems that are designed into
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something, be it nature, be it a corporation, be it's an organization that will allow it to flourish, to allow it to succeed, be in are money with the people it acts with. if it is in harmony it will it will thrive and continue to exist. >> there is no garbage, nothing that is waited in nature. everything is used and reused by everything else. it is a closed contained system and by definition of sustainable, the perfect example for us all. >> in this source book there are a lot of good ideas. some are new and a lot might be in other places too, but they bear having a remind der. but a lot of people will say, you know what? i don't think i can make a
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dent. maybe i recycle bottles and use coldwater in my wash. how is that going to change the world and you say? >> small actions done by a lot of people add up to a huge impact. those are relatively small actions. cutting down on the amount of the gas mileage we're using whether it is driving our car a lot, using the plane a lot, really analyzing how much energy we're having on the planet. how much am i throwing away. what kind of diet do i have? there is higher impact actions we can take by simply replacing a light bulb but everything is important. >> the term throwing away and you say where is away? >> where does it go? >> it goes somewhere. it is not that it just goes away but if you were -- my
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mother had some health issues and it took most of the summer and she got great care, but i would see things like people throwing away rubber gloves and there is so much of this all day long and how many rooms and how many patients? this goes on all over. >> that is a perfect example of what i call an unexamined assumption. we never think about it. the idea we can throw our garbage away, it disappears and of course it goes into the landfill. toxic waste begins seeping into the ground. it gives off methane there. everything we do has an affect. >> is it too late in the sense there are so many things, the weather for one has changed. the summer in san francisco has been cooler while it is brutally hot on the east coast. you see more hurricanes. katrina and then on. we have just witnessed the gulf spill which looks at our addiction to oil and that kind
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of energy use going back to the transportation that you said and look at the dismal results we have there to clean up probably for years. >> that is correct. any time you have that large release of toxins into anything, that will affect wherever it is reaching into for a long time and we know oil is piled up on the beach. it has seeped into the sand. that will affect the ecosystems and the generations to come that would have been healthy and reproductive. that will affect all of that. if we have thousands of oil wells all over the gulf, something is going to go wrong at some point. when you have that level of dependence on one level of energy that is that over the top, you're inviting disaster. >> they will have to do special things in that area. what can we do here in california to start making a difference today.
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>> well, every time we buy anything we vote with our dollar. that is something we go throughout the day buying things and every time we do, we invest in the particular company and the policies of that company so if that particular company is driving a lot of the industries that we know are contributing to the problem, then we're investing in that. on the other hand if the company has an expressed commitment to serving the environment and serving the community that they are in, then that is what we invest our dollars in. >> you like a say gan diet, plant based. >> diet is huge. it is the number 1%nal choice arena that affects the environment. >> public transportation, if it were better it would be a nice option for people to take if we had a little more smart trains, electric trains instead of these people bumper to bummer everyday. >> yes. we have a fair amount now, but
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it takes the willingness longer da rife to take the option. a lot of us are driving our single person cars all over the place and that is contributing as well. >> the book is called sustainable world source book and there are a lot of things in here, lists. they are kind of highlighted so if you can't read it cover to cover, you can pick up aless of things regarding transportation, things in your home, getting rid of the clutter in your house and donating something to someone who is in need. there are churches in the san francisco dynasties now that are getting things. there is something in your closet you have three jackets. give one to someone who needs one. okay. thank you for your work. >> thanks so much. i really appreciate your support for what is important here. >> thank you. stay with us.
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we'll get a preview of the mill valley film festival next.
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welcome back. you know when the mill valley film festival open ps. here is what is on your 33 on and off. here is mark. it is our annual date. >> it is. good to have you here. i was thinking about this. 33 years of doing this festival. obviously it is a hit. you have more venues. everybody can't wait until it
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starts. what do you worry about the night before it opens? there must be something that you think, oh, what if -- there are a lot of things to worry about and sometimes you just have to forget about it because it is out of our hands at some point. it is up to the projectionist. there is so much work put into it so it is about creating a welcoming atmosphere for our audience and for me to sit back in the back of the theater and watch the smiles on their face or see them cry or be moved. that is why we do it. >> you now have the film center. >> yes. >> that has changed the festival. it is mill valley and there are several venues in mill valley but you have a tremendous amount more screen space for you. >> we use three in mill valley.
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three screens there and for two days the sin know ma. >> let's take a look at some things because our time is valuable here. the documentary. did you do this for me? >> he was a former california state supreme court justice. he fought for the needy and it is an inspiration documentary done boy a local filmmaker abby ginsburg. >> let's take a look. the year is 1969. he heads one of the nation's best antipoverty programs. he is in a tight spot.
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on one side his old friend demands that he support the movement to unionize farm workers. on the other side ronald reagan, california's popular governor attacks him as a liberal activist and says he will cancel the program's funding. legal services of our nation's poorest citizens hang in the balance. >> the son of farmworkers walked a path where few had gone before. he was a champion of the rural poor helping them better their lives. he was a trail blazer in his profession helping many of humble origins to obtain possessions of respect and
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power. >> are the stories better in the document tris now? >> well, they become very popular but they are more important because as you know there are less resources going into the news media, whether it is television or newspaper and the internet hasn't been out. they are really important. this is one of 21 films from local filmmakers and there are films from 22 didn't countries. and one shows the poisons in the your blood but it is one of the best. these films are great stories. >> another we will show is called the reverse, not a dock. >> it is from poland and was nominated for best foreign film from poland and it is one of a couple films that happened in the communist countries, the
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aftermath of it. >> you will find sometimes a lot of big flames will lend their press systems to a film that is made from authentic and come pemming reasons and they are not going to get the big salaries yet here they are. >> absolutely. and we have just an amazing amount of the great guests coming this year. >> let's get to some of the biggests. >> we'll show the conviction with sam rockwell and hillary swank. it is a moving film. the second film for opening night is the king's speech with collin feral and just one the grand prize in toronto. we are having guests like annette benning. and we're well coming her back. >> local girl makes good. >> it is called the debt and it has flash backs in it and the
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young helen is a beautiful actress called jessica classically trained from the bay area. this woman is in the debt and she is marvelous but she also has seven films including the tree of life her she plays opposite brad pitt so watch out for her. >> the child of giants is another clip. this is a story photographer dorothy and her husband. it is a moving documentary from the son's perspective about these two artistic giants. >> let's take a look. later in her life, my mother taught a class info together ty here in san francisco and she once gave her students a challenging assignment. she said go away and when you come back bring a photo graph of the most important thing in
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your life. somebody photographed a dollar bill. she photographed the most important thing in her life. she had been crip led by poe leo when she was very young, so she could never run or jump or dance and her right foot was left deformed. she took out her camera and took off her shoe and made a photograph of that handicap. her life did affect her techniques as a photographer. when she went in the field the limp didn't let her do what many photographers do, which is move quickly, shoot quickly, hide the fact that they have the camera, and do things and photograph on the sli. that was impossible for dorothy lang. she limped up to people slowly, they saw the camera. they saw her coming.
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>> okay. look for me at those. they look really good this year. >> very quickly what do you have for children's programs. >> we have this children's film fest scanned it is a great opportunity for parents to take kids to films from all didn't part of the world that are entertaining with content. >> it opens october 7th and here is a sneak peek of the great players. >> it is a real life glee. >> i'm susan sikora. thanks for watching.
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Bay Area Focus With Susan Sikora
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